Legacy Restoration Trust (LRT) is an independent, not-for-profit entity incorporated in Nigeria to support cultural heritage art and archaeological projects by providing research, attracting funding and securing execution capability for high-value arts and cultural projects.
LRT’s flagship project is a series of activities in Benin City, Edo State that will culminate in the establishment of the David Adjaye-designed Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA): a world-class museum, center for research and education and hub for contemporary creatives. A civic and cultural space for the people of Benin City and Edo State, EMOWAA will highlight, rediscover and preserve the rich history of West African culture and the heritage of the Benin Kingdom.
A core part of LRT’s mission is to establish an institutional framework with appropriate governance structures to attract and oversee both local and international technical and financial support for key cultural heritage projects. In this capacity, LRT is responsible for attracting funding for EMOWAA, which LRT will manage after the museum is completed.
LRT was born out of discussions among HRH the Oba of Benin, the Benin Dialogue Group, the Edo State Government and Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments.